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The tribulations of switching careers

Though his success in both his careers – footballer and TV host/presenter – is undeniable, I have never personally warmed to Gary Linker. Well, save for the time he made those gestures – caught vividly on the TV cameras – to England manager Bobby Robson on the bench during the 4th July [...]

January 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

“Fake News” musings

One of the joys of being ‘being a certain age’ is the sense you has seen it all before even if, on a personal level, that isn’t quite necessarily true. The art of staying personally relevant in the 21st Century is tied to the notion that, whatever is going on, the essential nature of the [...]

January 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sometimes it comes to this

I once heard an interview in which the learned guest offered the statement “If you ask forty-two economists their view, you’ll get forty-two different answers”. Arguably – if you’re anywhere as cynical as I am – the logical extension of this dictum is the assumption that, if just [...]

January 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

How the world goes around

As I begin today’s post I need to declare an interest – I do not believe in God. That registered, I would also like to add that I do not consider myself to be anti-religion per se, say in the style of Professor Richard Hawkins who delights in crusading (to use a word) against those who [...]

January 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

The importance of realism

Let us be blunt – despite all its special camaraderie and virtuous trappings rugby union is no different to any other sport at the highest elite level. Without donning the rose-tinted glasses, down through its illustrious amateur history those who played the game, and its many fans, wallowed in a [...]

January 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Winter warming

There are those including me and several Rusters who cannot face the rigours of a British winter: the cold and a cold, dark nights etc. Feelings of gloom are especially prevalent this time of year when the credit card bills descend and Xmas did not go not quite as expected. November and February [...]

January 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Back to the future, maybe

This organ used to pride itself on its unique and contrary, slightly left-field ‘oldie’ takes on aspects of modern living. Indeed this was the central theme our board’s USP when pitching for the US$1.6 billion funding injection in the fall of 2016 that took us into exclusive league of [...]

January 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Banks – revisited

The issue of bank service – or lack of it – is something discussed in this illustrious organ and I make no apology in returning to it now after a recent visit. There are only 2 Barclays banks in the centre of  the city in which I live, one of which was closed for refurbishment. I had [...]

January 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

You pays your money …

The name Picasso is so engrained in the world’s psyche that several times during his lifetime, and indeed regularly after it, his reputation has become subject to relentless attack by the forces of reappraisal, revisionism, post-modernism and even those who aspire to the famous ‘with [...]

January 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

The growing pains of a major world sport

Rugby union’s capacity to exhibit the complexities and difficulties of a modern sport trying to advance in all directions – without yet generating the sort of income, turnover and profit that make any business model being applied actually work – continues to startle. The lack of any [...]

January 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

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